Proposed cuts to the third sector propping up front line services – share your views

Representatives from every corner of the voluntary sector in Wales have jointly expressed their alarm at the draft Welsh Government budget and the future direction of travel.

The Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) is a key mechanism for voluntary organisations to talk to, and hear from, Welsh Government. Together TSPC members represent all areas of work for the voluntary sector in Wales.
Following the announcement of Welsh Government’s draft budget, and our statement on the alarming consequences for the voluntary sector in Wales, TSPC representatives have released the following joint statement.
STATEMENT FROM THE THIRD SECTOR PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL
The Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) wants to express its anger and deep concern at the proposed cuts in Welsh Government’s draft budget for 2024/25.
An alarming direction of travel
  1. This budget sets out an alarming direction of travel where the voluntary sector is expected to deliver and prop-up frontline services without being involved in decision making or having sufficient resources to operate.
Welsh Government’s lack of funding for early intervention and prevention programmes and its failure to invite the voluntary sector to work together in finding solutions to the crises facing Wales are deeply concerning.
Citizens Advice Cymru are supporting a record number of people this winter, many needing referral to crisis support services, such as food banks. Building Communities Trust’s preliminary survey results show 60% of community organisations are dealing with new types of needs for their service users and 45% are operating services previously provided by the public sector.
This demonstrates a dangerous shift of responsibility onto the voluntary sector without providing the necessary support, coordination and collaboration. The voluntary sector must be valued and equal partners in achieving our shared ambitions.
Contradicting the Well-being of Future Generations Act
  1. Welsh Government is contradicting the Well-being of Future Generations Act, its own legislation, with short-term thinking that is damaging to the people of Wales in the long term.
The Well-being of Future Generations Act’s goals cannot be achieved without appropriate investment or adhering to the Five Ways of Working: long-term, integration, involvement, collaboration and prevention. There is little evidence Welsh Government has used these principles in the drafting process of this budget, which severely undermines the ability of public bodies and voluntary organisations to enact them in the new financial year.
The Future Generations Commissioner noted in his Submission to the Senedd Finance Committee on 10 January 2024:
‘The prevalence of crisis situations in recent years means that now more than ever we need to be investing in preventative approaches so that we mitigate future problems and are better equipped to deal with them.’
Long-standing injustices, like homelessness, will only deepen. The proposed Homelessness Support and Prevention budget is
£3m less than in the indicative budget published in February 2023. The draft budget also proposes a real terms cut in Housing Support Grant funding. This is despite a Cymorth Cymru survey indicating that 66% of providers already operate waiting lists for services and 40% are likely to cease services if there is no funding uplift.
Ambitions like ending homelessness in Wales, as set out in Welsh Government’s White Paper, cannot be achieved without cross-sector collaboration, appropriate support and funding.
Voluntary sector hit hard across several portfolios
  1. The draft budget will hit the voluntary sector hard across several key areas of work, undermining organisations tackling some of Wales’ biggest threats like entrenched poverty, health inequalities and the climate and nature emergency.
The cuts contain another significant reduction to the Social Justice budget, creating uncertainty for equalities-based voluntary organisations that represent people who are disadvantaged or discriminated against. Following the closure of the national women’s equality charity, Chwarae Teg, there has been no redistribution of funds to support services for women.
Beyond the Social Justice budget, many essential services and activities that the voluntary sector provides fall across Welsh Government portfolios, other public bodies and Local Government. The impact of these cuts goes beyond the direct reduction of funding to voluntary organisations. It impacts all public services, many of which rely on collaboration with the voluntary sector to reduce the already overwhelming numbers of people arriving at their doors for help and support.
The fallout from the draft budget will land hardest on the most vulnerable people in Wales and place an increasing number at greater risk. This includes people already facing poverty, social exclusion and worsening physical and mental health. Inadequate funding for wrap-around voluntary sector health and social care services, for example, will result in increased pressure on Wales’ vital public services at a time when they are already struggling to cope with rising demand.
Our next steps
In the coming days, we will continue to engage with the budget scrutiny process to raise the voluntary sector’s concerns and the significance of the wider impacts that these funding decisions will have. We have a range of considered proposals that offer different solutions, and we would be happy to discuss them with Welsh Government, public service providers and our wider network.
About the Third sector Partnership Council (TSPC)
The TSPC network is made up of representatives of voluntary sector networks working across 25 areas of sector activity.
The main purpose of the TSPC is to make sure that the principles set out in the Third Sector Scheme are put into practice. It also provides an opportunity for the sector to raise issues of interest or concern.
The current members of the TSPC can be found here.
Have you been affected by this draft budget? If so, please contact policy@wcva.cymru. Please cc us at bavo@bavo.org.uk

Get help and support with the cost of living

From time to time we all need some help and support.

With the rising costs of living, many people in Wales need that help now.

The Welsh Government is doing everything it can to put money back into people’s pockets.

There is support available to you that could help you with some of your living costs.

‘Claim What’s Yours’ by calling the Advicelink Cymru helpline

If you are unsure about what support is available to you, Advicelink Cymru can help you check what you are entitled to and to claim what’s yours.

When you call Advicelink Cymru, on 0808 250 5700, you will get free and confidential advice about money you may be entitled to.

Advicelink Cymru can help you:

  • Apply for welfare benefits, such as Personal Independence Payment, Carers Allowance and Pension Credit
  • Get Welsh Government support

The Advicelink Cymru helpline can also arrange for you to get help with debt and personal finance issues.

How do I contact Advicelink Cymru?

Call the free helpline on 0808 250 5700 today to speak to an Advicelink Cymru advisor.

Lines are open from Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm. Croesawir galwadau yn Gymraeg / Calls are welcomed in Welsh.

What happens when I call the helpline?

When you contact Advicelink Cymru, a trained advisor will talk to you about your circumstances and help you find out what support is available.

You will be offered support with the claim process and help  to fill in any claim forms. Advisors can also let you know what evidence you will need to support your claim.


Advicelink Cymru is a Welsh Government funded Citizens Advice service designed to help people who are most in need of advice services, particularly those who would not usually seek advice.

Charity Commission Event | 30 January

As the Charity Commission’s current five-year strategy draws to a close, the Commission will be holding an event that will set out what you can expect from their new strategy, ahead of its formal launch in February 2024.

The Commission’s Chair, Orlando Fraser KC, and Chief Executive, Helen Stephenson CBE, will share how the Commission intends to achieve its ambition of being the expert Commission that operates with fairness, balance and independence.

The Commission’s Chair and Chief Executive will be joined by Board members, including Pippa Britton OBE, the Charity Commission’s Welsh Board Member. The Commission intends to keep the formalities to a minimum, allowing opportunity for informal discussion and networking.

The event will be held on 30 January 2024 at Makers Guild Wales, arrival from 6pm until 7.30pm.

The event is open to Chairs and Chief Executives of registered charities. If you wish to attend, please register in advance by contacting events@charitycommission.gov.uk

Taff Ely Onshore Wind Farm Fund

The Taff Ely Wind Farm Community Fund is provided by Ventient Energy Ltd. They have invested over £40,000 into local activities and projects in communities surrounding the site since 2001. The Fund is administered by Interlink RCT, the umbrella body for all local community and voluntary groups in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

What’s available?

Each year £2,500 is available. Grants may be awarded for capital or revenue up to a maximum of £500.

Who can apply?

The fund is available to community groups that benefit the following areas:

  • Blackmill
  • Evanstown
  • Gilfach Goch
  • Tonyrefail
  • Thomastown
  • Llanharan
  • Bryncae
  • Heol Y Cyw

Grants can be applied for to support organisational aims and objectives, recruit new members, involve more people from the community and help to develop services.

Only one application can be made per group.

Find out more

To find out more about the fund, please contact the Community Advice Team at Interlink RCT. Call 01443 846200 or email communityadvice@interlinkrct.org.uk.

Rockwool UK

Rockwool was established in 1937 and is a market leader for stone wool insulation. The primary Rockwool UK site is located in Pencoed, Bridgend. They organise a programme of community activity in and around their local community of Pencoed.

What’s available?

A programme of philanthropic donations and sponsorships forms a core part of their drive to make a positive social and environmental impact as a business, particularly in the fields of health, housing and the environment. The majority of the donations will be to local projects within these three priorities:

  1. Support, and give back to, the local community in South Wales
  2. Support charitable projects which align with Rockwool’s priority areas
  3. Help foster good community relations

The donations programme also supports their staff team, who are active in organising charitable fundraising activities.

Grants: unspecified value

Deadlines: three times a year

‌Find out more

For more information about the Rockwool UK philanthropic donations and sponsorship programme, and to request an application form, email community@rockwool.com

 

Sport Wales – Be Active Wales

The Be Active Wales Fund offers grants from £300 to £50,000 to sports clubs and community organisations to support projects that promote equality, sustainability and innovation in sport. 

Please Note: Applications to the Be Active Wales Fund this financial year need to in by Wednesday 31 January 2024. Any applications made after this date will not be processed until April and will be counted in the 2024-25 round of funding.

Who can apply?

All not-for-profit sport clubs or organisations in Wales can apply, regardless of their size or location, if you meet the funding conditions and requirements.

To be eligible for the Be Active Wales Fund, your organisation must:

  • Be a not-for-profit sports club or community organisation
  • Run activities that take place in Wales and be primarily for Welsh residents
  • Want to fund projects or activities that have not yet started
  • Use the funds for the community as a whole, not just for the benefit of a specific school
  • Promote equality, sustainability, and innovation in sport projects
  • Demonstrate how your project will increase access to physical activity

What’s available?

The minimum award is £300 and the maximum award is £50,000*.

Funding is awarded on a sliding scale. You will need to make a contribution of 10% for grants over £10k or 20% for more than £25k.
i.e.

  • 100% grant up to £10,000
  • 90% grant for awards between £10,001 and £25,000
  • 80% grant for awards between £25,001 and £50,000

Read more

There’s more about Be Active Wales on Sport Wales website

Youth Led Grants

Youth Led Grants is an initiative funded by the Welsh Government to support a range of volunteering projects and activities that are led and carried out by young people.

The aim of the funding is to help young people to volunteer aged 14 – 25 to be more involved in community and voluntary organisations in their local community.

The Youth Bridgend Funding Group is made up of a group of young people aged 14 – 25 living in Bridgend County Borough.  The panel is supported by BAVO.

Further information contact: BAVO T: 01656 810400 or E: volunteering@bavo.org.uk

Open once a year. Dates for 2024 to be confirmed.

Read more

There’s more about Youth Led Grants on WCVA website

3 steps to help stop Loan Fee Fraud

With the pressures on the cost of living continuing, up to 1 in 5 of the UK population are taking out loans to cope.  This is coupled with scams on the rise is creating a dangerous combination whereby those most vulnerable in society are increasingly at risk of falling victim to loan fee fraud.

Loan fee fraud is when someone who is looking for a loan is asked to pay an upfront fee before receiving it. They pay the fee, but they never get the loan.

To support people the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are running a campaign to increase awareness of loan scams and the 3-step check that can help protect people.

The 3-step check

Looking for a loan? Protect yourself from loan fee fraud.

Pause and do the 3 step check.

  1. Cold called?
  2. Asked to pay an upfront fee?
  3. Pressured to pay quickly or unusually?

Tick any of these? STOP it could be a scam.

If you need to apply for a loan, you should only deal with authorised firms. If you don’t, you won’t be protected if things go wrong, and you could end up losing lots of money.

  • Check the Financial Services Register to find out if the firm is authorised.
  • Check that the firm’s contact details match the details on the Register.
  • Always use the contact details on the Register, rather than a direct line or email you’ve been given.
  • If there are no contact details on the Register, or the firm claims they are out of date, call the FCA on 0800 111 6768.

Loan Fee Fraud Toolkit

A free toolkit is available to help raise awareness of the issue, which now includes Welsh translations. To help raise awareness please use the resources included in the Loan free fraud Partner Toolkit (pdf, 3.5mb)

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Geli Leach on Angelica.Leach@23red.com.

Support available over the Holidays

BAVO is closed from 2pm on 22 December until 2 January 2024.

If you are looking for support over the holiday period we have put together a list places we know will be open. This includes foodbank opening times, mental health helplines and community centres.

Community Centres

BARC (Bridgend community outreach centre) 

13 Ewenny Road, Bridgend, Mid Glam, CF313HN 

Phone: 01656 451446 

Email: barc.bridgend1@gmail.com 

www.facebook.com/barccommunity/?ref=page_internal 

Christmas opening hours  

  • December 22 | Christmas Dinner please book  
  • December 23 | Closed  
  • December 24 | Closed 
  • December 25 | 9am – 11am breakfast only  
  • December 26 | Closed  
  • December 27, 28, 29| 11:30am – 1:30pm lunch only  
  • December 30 | Closed  
  • December 31| 10am12 noon only
  • January 1 – 3  | Closed 
  • January 4 | normal working hours resume 

The Bridge 

46-48 Dunraven Place
Bridgend
CF31 1JB
Phone: 01656 647 891 

Closed 23 December – 2 Jan (except for Christmas Day) 

Open 25 December Christmas Day – 11am – 2pm 

Serving a hot meal and refreshments for the community, particularly aimed at those suffering from isolation and loneliness. 

Raj Balti 

59-61 Nolton St, Bridgend 

Providing free meals on Christmas Day for the homeless/charities, social care, emergency service workers (Police, Fire Service, Ambulance), NHS and key workers. Please drop us a message so we can gauge how many meals to prepare for collection on Christmas Day evening. 

Call: 01656 647229 

www.instagram.com/rajbalti_bridgend/?hl=en 

Foodbanks and Pantries

info@bridgend.foodbank.org.uk 

Call: 01656 750016 

Wednesday 27 December

  • Maesteg | Bethel Church, Station Road, CF34 9YL | Open 10:00am – 2:00pm 
  • Pontycymmer | His Place, 107 Oxford Street, CF32 8DE | Open 1:30pm – 3:30pm 

Thursday 28 December

  • Porthcawl| Y Centre, John Street, CF36 3AP | Open 10am – 12pm 

Friday 29 December

  • Bridgend | Hope Baptist Church, Derwen Road, CF31 3EA| Open 11.00am – 2.00pm 
  • Kenfig Hill |Bethel Church, Pwllygath St, CF33 6ET | Open 1.00pm – 3.00pm 

Tuesday 2 January

  • Bridgend | Hope Baptist Church, Derwen Road, CF31 3EA| Open 12.00 – 2.00pm 
  • Caerau | Noddfa Centre, Caerau Road, CF34 0PB| Open 10am – 12pm 
  • Porthcawl| Y Centre, John Street, CF36 3AP | Open 10am – 12pm 

Baobab Food Pantries

hello@baobab-bach.org 

07544 026265 

Thursday 28 December 

  • Bryntirion Community Pantry | 9:30am – 11:30am |
    Bryntirion Community Hub, Mount Pleasant, Bridgend, CF31 4EF 
  • Nantymoel Community Pantry| 10am – 12noon
    The Mem, Nantymoel Boys & Girls Club, 3 Waun Wen Terrace, Nant-y-moel, CF32 7NB  

Friday 29 December 

  • Maesteg Community Pantry |Cwm Calon, Castle Street, Maesteg, CF34 9UN  9:30am – 11:30pm 
  • Aberkenfig Community Pantry |Len Evans Centre, Off Hope Avenue, Aberkenfig, CF32 9RF  10am – 12 noon 

Talbot Centre Pop-up Pantry 

Talbot Centre, Prince Rd, Kenfig Hill December 26 11am – 12 noon

Mental Health support 

Samaritans 

www.samaritans.org/wales/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan 

Phone: 116 123 

Ffon Cymraeg – Welsh phone line: 0808 164 0123 7-10pm everyday 

Papyrus 

www.papyrus-uk.org 

Prevention of young suicide 

Contact HOPELINE247 

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINE247 for confidential support and practical advice. 

Opening hours: 

Line are open 24 hours every day of the year (Weekends and Bank Holidays included) 

Suicide prevention advisers are ready to support you. 

 C.A.L.L. 

Mental Health Helpline For Wales | Community Advice & Listening Line 

Offering a confidential listening and support service 

www.callhelpline.org.uk 

Freephone 0800 132 737 

Or text help to 81066 

SHOUT 

giveusashout.org

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service. You can text us from wherever you are in the UK. 

If you are struggling to cope and need to talk, our trained Shout Volunteers are here for you, day or night. 

Wales Learning Disability Helpline 

Phone: 0808 8000 300
The Wales Learning Disability Helpline is available to everyone in Wales, whether you are a person with a learning a learning disability, a family member or a friend.

The Wales Learning Disability Helpline will be open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.00pm throughout the Christmas period, including Bank Holidays.  

 

 

Resilience and Wellbeing sessions in January

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind is proud to be working alongside BAVO to offer free courses that are designed to support the community to become experts in their own self-care.

During the sessions we will create a transformational and safe space where

we learn more about mental health conditions, discover new coping techniques and learn more through hearing lived experiences.

Sessions and Dates

These FREE sessions will take place 10am till 12 noon at the BAVO office in Maesteg.

Wednesday 10 January | Stress & Anxiety

Find out more about possible signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety. Learn the difference between the two and begin to develop knowledge on coping techniques.

Wednesday 17 January | Self-care & Sleep

Find out more about the importance of sleep and how this can impact on mental health conditions, as well as looking at how technology can support self-care.

Wednesday 24 January | Depression

Find out more about the possible signs and symptoms of depression in ourselves and others and learn more about how to help someone if you think they are experiencing depression.

Wednesday 31 January | Food & Mood

Find out more about how making slight changes to the things you eat and drink can make big changes to your mental health.

You’re invited to come to as few or as many sessions as you like. To let us know that you are interested please get in touch with Alison at BAVO alisonmawby@bavo.org.uk

Our Impact 2022-2023

BAVO has measured its impact for 2022-2023 and provided a snapshot of year in our Annual Impact Report. The report was presented at out Silver Anniversary 25th AGM held on 8 December. Thank you to everyone who came and we have shared photos from the AGM on our Facebook page @BAVOhub.

Our Annual Impact Report, share facts and figures and showcases some of our member organisations. It also takes you through a timeline of BAVO’s 25 years of service.Cover of 2

Available in both English and Welsh, the Annual Impact Report 2022-23 is available to download below:

2022-23 Annual Impact Report – English (pdf 6Mb, 18 pages)

Adroddiad Effaith Blynyddol 2022-23 Cymraeg (pdf 6Mb, 18 tudalen)

About BAVO

BAVO is small but effective. The team provide vital support to local third sector organisations. From supporting governance, funding, learning, volunteering, connection and influencing decision making. BAVO is here to help and support a vibrant and sustainable third sector.

If you represent a club, church group, voluntary organisation or charity operating in Bridgend County and are not already members of BAVO please get in touch. We can help you with tailored services designed to support you.

BAVO membership is free. Please get in touch to find out more email bavo@bavo.org.uk or call 01656 810400

 

Join our team as a Community Navigator! Apply today

Community Navigator   

£25,979 per annum pro rata (18.5 hours per week)

Fixed term to 31 March 2025 (subject to ongoing funding)

The post-holder will join a team that helps individuals to access community support to meet their personal needs.    

  • Agile and hybrid working 
  • 26 days annual leave + 8 Bank holidays (pro rata) 
  • 8% non-contributary pension 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Ongoing training and development 

Deadline: Monday 29 January 2024, 2pm. 

Application Pack

Community Navigator Job and Person Description (pdf)

BAVO Application Form (writable pdf)

Job Application Guidelines (pdf, 2 pages)

Privacy notice (pdf, 4 pages)

 

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